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A life of adventure, religion for American killed in India

SEATTLE (AP) — John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder, led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest's Cascade Mountains, almost lost his leg to a rattlesnake bite, and coached soccer for poor c...

 

Pleas flood social media with loved ones missing after fire

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — People have scoured evacuation centers, called evacuation centers and hospitals and posted desperate online pleas for help finding relatives they haven't heard from since a fast-moving wildfire devastated a Northern California...

 

US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangero...

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. His death was...

 

New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction. The collaboration announced Thursday invol...

 

Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

SEATTLE (AP) — Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said...

 

Vets ready for rare efforts to save ailing endangered orca

SEATTLE (AP) — Experts are preparing rare emergency efforts to administer antibiotics or feed live salmon to try to save a young emaciated orca that's part of a critically endangered pod of killer whales. But veterinarians haven't spotted the...

 

Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales

SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters, a display that has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the...

 

Many 'unknowns' in SUV cliff plunge that killed family of 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nobody answered the door when a child-welfare worker went to the Washington state home of the big, free-spirited Hart family to investigate a neighbor's complaint that the youngsters were going hungry. Three days later, the Har...

 

Free-spirited family raised some worries before cliff crash

WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — They were known as the Hart Tribe, a free-spirited family of two women and their six adopted children who raised their own food, took spontaneous road trips and traveled to festivals and other events, offering free hugs and...

 

Officials seek clues in SUV cliff crash that likely killed 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Accident-reconstruction investigators are trying to figure out what caused an SUV carrying a family to plunge off a California cliff in a deadly wreck that happened shortly after child-welfare authorities went to their home to...

 

Thousands march to protest Canada pipeline expansion project

BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday to speak out against a pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada's tar sands to the Pacific Coast. Indigenous leaders led the march i...

 

Olympic swimmer says she wants to save others from sex abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors said in an emotional interview Monday that her former coach "stole so much" from her in the decade she alleges he sexually abused her starting when she was a minor. Kukors, 28, told The Associated...

 

Study: Orcas' failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

SEATTLE (AP) — Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to eat and that's causing them to have...

 

Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one...

 

Review: Coal terminal would boost pollution, safety issues

SEATTLE (AP) — A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington would increase cancer risk for some residents, add 2 million metric tons of global greenhouse gas emissions a year and increase the risk of rail accidents, according to an environmental...

 

Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale

SEATTLE (AP) — When the mighty orca breaks to the surface and exhales, the whale sprays an array of bacteria and fungi in its his breath, scientists said, some good, and some bad such as salmonella. The findings in a new study raises concerns about...

 
 By Phuong Le    Regional    March 15, 2017

City alleges drugmaker let OxyContin flood black market

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Mayor Ray Stephanson...

 

Bills aim to beef up oil transportation safety

(AP) — With more crude oil expected to move through Washington state, Democratic lawmakers want to toughen rules around oil transportation and raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts. Companion bills in the House and Senate aim t...

 

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